We had 8 this week and unusually split 3 & 5. This was due to the planned game of Republic of Rome planned for Saturday. 3 of the players had not played the game before, while those of us who had played had not done so for (I would guess) 15+ years. We never expected to complete the game but this gave the chance to get some familiarity with the play for the weekend.
The game is one of those with many fiddly rules and there was much studying of the rule book during the session, but by the end I think we were getting to grips with it. By this time Rome was almost on the brink of destruction, beset by 3 wars including the matched set of 1st and 2nd Punic with Hannibal and Hamilcar in attendance, the unrest was sky high and the treasury was almost bankrupt. I don't think the Republic would have survived another turn anyway and it was just a matter of which game end condition we all lost to.
Over on the other table the game was Caylus Magna Carta, which I gather was a very tense game, although to me the 2 hour playing time would have been far too long. That said it is good that we are getting multiple games running at a time these days allowing play of games such as this, which I really don't like.